Weathering With You Anime Film Earns US$5 Million Over Six Days in the United States

The Box Office Mojo website has reported that Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You anime film has earned an estimated US$2,007,523 from January 17, 2020 to January 20, 2020 (including the estimated US$276,151 gross for January 20, 2020) in 486 theaters, and has earned an estimated total of US$5,053,773 in its first six days.

The film ranked at #2 in its first two days on January 15, 2020 and January 16, 2020, but fell to #12 on January 17, 2020, and to #14 on January 18 and 19, 2020. Box Office Mojo projected that the film will rank #15 on January 20, 2020 and #14 for the extended January 17-20, 2020 holiday weekend. It has an estimated per-screen average of US$4,130 for the extended weekend, the fourth highest among films now playing.

Weathering With You became the highest-grossing release from the distributor GKIDS after its first two days in event screenings, topping Mary and The Witch’s Flower‘s US$2,418,404.

Fathom Events screened the film in theaters in the United States on January 15 and 16, 2020. The screenings were a “Special Fan Preview” with exclusive bonus content before GKIDS opened the film in North America on January 17, 2020. The screenings that started on January 17, 2020 had both English-subtitled screenings and English-dubbed screenings.

Source: ANN

Case Closed: Episode 967 – "Kaiju Gomera VS Kamen Yaiba (Climax)"

First off, I want to point out that there was a translation error last week in the preview for this episode. For whatever reason, the person doing the subtitles referred to this episode in last week’s preview as “Kaiju Gomera VS Kamen Yaiba (Finale).” However, as we see here, it’s actually “Climax.” The preview for next week’s episode shows it as “Finale.” Whoops! Having “Climax” for this episode makes a lot more sense.

On to the actual episode itself. Again, it gave us enough of a preview to remind the audience what had happened and what had been learned over the previous two episodes, before continuing on with the story.

Over the course of the episode, Kogoro and Conan, as well at Heiji and Ai, do some investigative work and start finding various pieces that seem to fit together to determine a motive for these killings, as well as who the potential killer is. Kogoro and Conan find out information that helps determine who Ishikawa (the suspect they found tied up in his house in the previous episode) acted the way he did, instead of trying to find an easier way out of the house and contacting police. Through internet research, Ai finds information that links the three men who were killed and Ishikawa together, as well as why these people are being targeted. And Heiji finds some video evidence that seems to wrap up the case… until they realize something at the end of the episode while watching the footage. The four suspects are all in the video… but who’s recording it? The episode ends with the police realizing that there has to be a fifth man involved, and that he is likely the next target. So it looks like the next episode will be a race against time to determine who the fifth man is and solve the case.

During the episode, one of the producers of the film approaches Kazuha and Ran, saying that they will be doing an audition for a couple of parts in the film. Apparently, the audition was supposed to be announced during the announcement event that took place in the first episode of this arc, but never happened due to the murder that took place. Ran isn’t interested, but Kazuha is all over it, since she’s so big into Gomera and Kamen Yaiba. The preview for the next episode shows that the audition will be part of what’s going on.

At the end of the episode, when it was determined that there has to be a fifth man involved, I think I figured out who this person has to be. And if I’m right, then that’s why the audition is played up in the preview for the next episode. It’s going to be interesting to see if I’m right on this or not when I watch Case Closed next week.

Overall, this episode focused a lot on exposition, done through investigations or discussion among the investigators. While that may sound boring, a lot of information does come out over the course of the episode. Right before the final reveal about the fifth man, it does feel like they’ve solved the case, and it made me wonder how they were going to continue the story into one more part. But with that final reveal and loose thread, it made sense why there’s one more part to the story. I’m very interested to see how this story arc and mystery are ultimately resolved.

Manga Creator and Illustrator Baron Yoshimoto to Attend the Angoulême International Comics Festival

Pie International has announced that manga creator and illustrator Baron Yoshimoto will attend the 47th Angoulême International Comics Festival. Yoshimoto will participate in a book signing and a live painting event from January 30-February 2, 2020. He will also participate in a public conference on January 31, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with manga artist Sansuke Yamada and Emily Yoshimoto.

Pie International released The Art of Baron Yoshimoto, a bilingual (Japanese and English) hardbound artbook featuring 184 pages, in October 2019.

Yoshimoto’s collective works received the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Award at the 48th Japan Cartoonists Association Awards in April 2019.

This year’s Angoulême Festival runs from January 30-February 2, 2020 in the Angoulême area of France. In addition to Baron Yoshimoto attending the event, Inio Asano and Yukito Kishiro will each host a Masterclass at the event.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Moves Up the Time for Release of Shonen Jump Manga and Adds the Undead Unluck Manga

VIZ Media has announced that it will now release new chapters of manga from Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. ET. In instances where Weekly Shonen Jump releases in Japan on days other than Mondays (the magazine often releases on Saturday when there is a Monday holiday in Japan), VIZ Media’s release time may change from the normal time.

The new release time equates to 12:00 a.m. on Mondays in Japan. Shueisha releases its Weekly Shonen Jump magazine digitally in Japan on Mondays at 5:00 a.m. JST.

Starting in December 2018 with the launch of VIZ Media’s new Shonen Jump service, VIZ published new chapters from Weekly Shonen Jump in English digitally on Sundays at 3:00 p.m. ET. This new system pushes up the release time by five hours.

Viz Media also announced that it will publish Yoshifumi Tozuka’s Undead Unluck manga in English. The manga will launch in Weekly Shonen Jump‘s eighth issue in Japan on January 20, 2020, and is the first of three new manga debuting in January 2020 and February 2020 in the magazine.

Source: ANN

Weathering With You Anime Film Ranks at #2 in the United States on January 16, 2020

The Box Office Mojo website has reported that Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You anime film earned US$1,445,534 and ranked at #2 at the United States box office for January 16, 2020, after also ranking at #2 on January 15, 2020. The film has earned US$3,039,961 in its first two days.

Fathom Events screened the film in theaters in the United States on January 15 and January 16, 2020. The screenings were a “Special Fan Preview” with exclusive bonus content before GKIDS opened the film in North America on January 17, 2020. The screenings that started on January 17 have both English-subtitled screenings and English-dubbed screenings.

Weathering With You opened in Japanese theaters in July 2019.

Source: ANN

Fathom Events Confirms That the Ride Your Wave Anime Film Will Screen in the United States on February 19, 2020

Fathom Events has confirmed that it will screen Masaaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave anime film in the United States on February 19, 2020 for a one-night-only screening. The screening will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The company listing theater locations on its website.

Several theater chains had been listing earlier this week that they would screen the film on February 19, 2020.

Ride Your Wave opened in Japanese theaters on June 21, 2019.

Source: ANN

Anime Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (January 17, 2020)

Anibloggers have been checking out new shows for the Winter 2020 season this week, so this week’s list is on the longer side.

Here are the blog posts that grabbed my attention this week: